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Schwarzennegger Signs Immigrant Profiteer Protection Bill
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October 16, 2007, 07:21 PM
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They don`t want any Hazleton`s in California:

New law prevents cities from turning turning landlords into immigration police By Jessie Mangaliman Mercury News San Jose Mercury News Article Launched:

As cities across the country grapple with illegal immigration, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new state law Wednesday that prohibits county and municipal governments in California from enacting local laws that would require landlords to ask a tenant`s immigration status.

California may be the first state in the country to use state legislation to deal with a growing national trend that began in 2006 when the city of Hazelton, Pa., approved a city ordinance that penalized landlords for renting to illegal immigrants.

"These ordinances are a result of a larger problem," said Francisco Castillo, a spokesman for the governor. He cited "the failure of Congress to enact meaningful immigration reform."

The bills` sponsor, Assemblyman Charles M. Calderon, D-City of Industry, and leaders of a state association of apartment owners, hailed the new law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, as a civil rights victory.

"It`s important legislation because it`s the beginning of a trend we`re seeing throughout the country as cities begin to try to establish their own foreign policies," Calderon said.

"Only the federal government can do that," he said. "It`s important that we don`t have vigilante justice."

You now, it would be nice if we could have some kind of justice. And waiting for the federal government to deliver is going to be a lengthy process.